Our Palm City car accident attorneys have been discussing the dangers that motorists typically face on our roadways throughout the holiday season.
With Thanksgiving here and Christmas approaching, traffic is expected to increase significantly. To help keep our roadways safe, the Florida Highway Patrol will be in full force in search of dangerous drivers on our roadways.
Hunting down irresponsible should no tough task for officials in Florida however. According to CarInsuranceComparison.com, Florida ranked in at 4th place for having the most dangerous drivers in the U.S. The Sunshine State handed out more traffic citations that any other state in the country.
Our Palm City car accident attorneys understand that the end of the year is a busy time for Florida roadways. Drivers are asked to be courteous and patient with one another while driving.
All officers from the Florida Highway Patrol will be out over the Thanksgiving holiday weekend in an attempt to calm traffic and to reduce the risks for traffic accidents. Both auxiliary and reserve troopers will be helping to augment the Patrol during this time. This enforcement campaign will be taking place from November 23rd through the 27th. Enforcement efforts will be targeting speeders, tailgating, impaired drivers, aggressive drivers and those who aren’t properly buckled in.
Florida drivers also ranked in at 49th place for careless driving habits and in 40th place for failing to obey traffic signals. All of these dangerous habits contribute to the high number of traffic fatalities in the state. With a little bit of patience, we can all help to reduce the number of these fatalities.
“The Thanksgiving holiday typically generates heavy traffic as people travel to spend time with their families, so we urge everyone driving on our highways, especially during the holiday season, to drive carefully,” said Col. David Brierton, director of the Florida Highway Patrol.
To help make your holiday travel a little safer, the Florida Highway Patrol offers these safety tips to travelers:
-Be sure to obey all traffic signs and posted speed limits.
-Check out your vehicle before heading out. Make sure your battery is charged, your fluids are full and your tires are in good condition and are properly inflated.
-Never drink and drive.
-Always wear a seat belt. Make sure that everyone in the vehicle is buckled at all times.
-Leave for your trip with plenty of time to spare to avoid rushing.
-Keep your focus on the road at all times. Curb distractions, including text messaging, cell phones, eating, talking with passengers, playing with the radio, etc.
-Drive defensively and expect the unexpected.
Remember that the Florida Highway Patrol will be looking over our roadways over the weekend. Be safe, cautious and alert to not only avoid a ticket, but to avoid a potential accident as well.
Freeman, Mallard, Sharp & Gonzalez, LLC are experienced and dedicated attorneys who help to fight to the rights of car and pedestrian accident victims and their families in Palm City, Oakland Park, Hallandale Beach, Weston and Tamarac. Call 1-800-561-7777 for a free and confidential appointment.
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